congressman, house majority leader good to see you. hope you had a good thanksgiving. >> very nice, nice to be here. bill: put all other stuff to the side, can you say right now whether or not there will be a deal on december 31st? >> i sure hope so. because we know the law is after that point, come january 1, 2013, taxes are going to go up for everyone. it is not just going to be what the president wants to continue to say, in terms of raising taxes on the wealthy, it's everything. so we know that that will happen, we don't want that to happen, that is a punishing strategy, we want to try and avoid going off the fiscal cliff. and i hope that, you know, my counterparts on the other side of the aisle will join us, and that the president will step up and make this sure this doesn't happen. bill: that with us not a yes. that was a maybe. >> again, there is a process at work, but, you know, in washington it's the white house, the house and the senate, i think that pretty much on our side of the aisle and in the house we wanted to make sure we don't go over the cliff.